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Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets

Sun Online Desk     10th March, 2018 11:30:48 printer

Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets

Bangladesh registered a nerve-wreaking 4-wicket victory against host Sri Lanka in the third Twenty20 international of the Nidahas tri-series in Colombo on Saturday.


Riding on Mushfiqur’s unbeaten 72 off 35, Liton Das’s 43 off 19, Tamim’s 47 off 29,  tigers picked the crucial win to stay on the race to the final.


Chasing on the big target of 215, Bangladesh scored 74 runs in the opening stand between Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das.


Earlier in the first innings, half-centuries from opener Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera powered Sri Lanka to 214 for six.


Mendis, who hit 57 and Perera, who top-scored with 74, put together a crucial 85-run stand for the second wicket to give the hosts an imposing total after being put into bat first.


Skipper Mahmudullah got Mendis out with his off-spin as he struck twice in his very first over to try and check Sri Lanka's surge.


But the left-handed Perera continued to pulverise the Bangladesh attack to hit his second successive fifty. He smashed 8 fours and 2 sixes during his 48-ball blitz.


Upul Tharanga also played a useful cameo during his unbeaten 15-ball 32.


Bangladesh paceman Mustafizur Rahman claimed three wickets, while Mahmudullah and Rubel took two wickets and one wicket respectively.